Chocolate, cardamom and beetroot cake

Beetroot anc chocolate cake It’s a cake! A big birthday beetroot cake! And it has taken a while to get here, so many cakes made. I actually nailed it first time but then doubled the recipe and suddenly it just tasted like soda, so then I had to make another and another and another just to get  it right. And thats a cake every single day since Monday so I’m over cake and having chocolate all over my clothes…never mind…yay for cake!

It was Jase’s birthday on Tuesday so thats what all the baking was for. I got super excited to have a party in our attic room which I just turned into a Scandinavian paradise by white washing the wooden ceiling, then I hung festoon lights and it just looked mega cool. Actually…it felt a little bit like an awkward teenage party, Jase and I hanging out in a room we had all set up waiting to see if he actually had any friends that would turn up on a school night. Anyway congratulations to him he had heaps of friends and I got overexcited and drank too many bubbles…and then totally forgot about the birthday cake until everyone was leaving…whoops!

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Beetroot cake
250g 70% dark chocolate 
200g unsalted butter
200g unrefined organic brown sugar or coconut sugar ( I used ACME sugar which is amazing!!)
6 free range medium eggs
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
200g spelt flour
½ tsp ground cardamom
300g grated beetroot
pinch salt
 
Chocolate and avocado icing
2 very ripe avocados
½ cup dark chocolate, melted
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
2 heaped tbsp cacao powder
½ cup of honey
Drop of vanilla essence
 
Raspberry cream middle layer
150g cream
80g raspberries
1 tsp honey
 

Firstly get your oven onto 180°C .

To make the cake, melt the butter and the chocolate together in a bain marie.

While it’s melting grab a bowl that will fit all the ingredients into it and add just the eggs and sugar. Using an electric whisk, beat the mix until its really pale, thick and creamy, if you think your there keep going for a minute just to make sure. It did take me around 8 minutes so hang out and read a trashy magazine while your doing whisking.

In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda/powder and cardamom.

When everything is ready and the chocolate has cooled pour the chocolate mix into the eggs and fold through, then sieve in the flour mix, then add the beetroot.

When all smooth and delicious pour the mix into a standard springform cake tin lined with baking paper.

Cook for about 45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool unless you just want it just with ice cream then serve it warm because its reaaaal good hot!

For the icing

Melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate in the microwave until its runny.

Spoon the flesh out of the avocado into a blender along with all the other ingredients until super smooth. Then scrape it all out into a bowl and chill in the fridge for the minimum of half an hour.

Raspberry cream

Just whisk the cream until just before the peaky thick stage and add the honey and raspberries, keep whisking until its at the thick stage.

Cut the cake in half lengthways and make sure that it’s cool or your cream will melt all over the place.

Fill the middle with the cream and put the top back on. Then using a pallet knife spread the avocado icing all over the top.

Et Voila! Oh wait no, chop up some pistachios for a bit of fancy colour or you could decorate with more raspberries, grated chocolate etc!

Chocolate milkshake with coconut milk and cacao

chocolate milkshake
chocolate milkshake

Oh bonjour chocolate milkshake that’s really delicious, healthy and feeds you and a friend.

Makes just over 1 Mason jar but it’s really filling so 4 kids or 2 adults

 2 bananas
¼ cup cacao
splash of vanilla essence
¼ desiccated coconut
4-6 dates depending on size and sweetness, make sure you take the pips out
1 ¼ cups coconut milk
1 tsp coconut nectar, honey, maple syrup….if you like it sweeter

Whizz it all up together in a high speed blender until totally smooth!

And if you want to be jazzy and do the coconut around the top of the glass…melt some honey on a plate, turn the jar upside down and roll in the runny honey and then do the same on a plate of desiccated coconut and it should all stick.

Photos Jase Hancox, Colab Creative

Chocolate ganache tart

IMG_3120 I have finally made it to the last leg of my journey back to New Zealand!! I am currently sitting in the Koru Lounge in Auckland which is bliss after 2 actual days of travelling. Just had a shower and a raid of the breakfast bar and of course stealing some booze from the fridge….it’s ok it’s not actually stealing, you allowed to take it, I’m sure people would have frowned at me less if it wasn’t 7:30am but I need to get my monies worth!

I had a long stop over in Shanghai which was interesting, they do eat funny things there, lots of packets of dried fish and crabs that sit in a fridge and I assume you just munch them…shell and all. I ordered up some won ton soup which had teeny shrimps floating in it with their legs and heads on…you could even see their eyeballs, I felt like they were watching me eat, it was scary. But they did have epic fresh mango smoothies for just a $2 which gave me the ultimate brain freeze…probably a good thing as I needed perking up after no sleep.

Anyhoo what a fabulous trip home, on my last weekend I summoned the whole family, cousins, Uncles and Aunts for my pretend Christmas/birthday/my sisters birthday and bonfire night. It was awesome we had sparklers, honey and mustard sausages, and fireworks yaya for two Christmases. We didn’t actually have turkey or anything, but we did do crackers and some party poppers and drank lots of wine and had a jolly time.

For pretend Christmas I made this absolute cracker of a choccy tart. I had something similar in a new Vegan restaurant in London called Nama which was so incredible that I thought they must have sneaked cream in. After a few tests I got this coconutty, super chocolaty tartness which you could feed to everyone, and maybe don’t mention that it’s vegan as I’ve learnt that people (my sister) think your weird and gross and don’t want to eat it.

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Makes 1 normal cake tin sized cake

1 ¼ cups of ground nuts (whatever you have, I used almonds and hazelnuts)
½ cup desiccated coconut
6 dates
3 tbsp coconut oil
pinch of salt
 
Chocolate filling
1 cup coconut milk
2 tbsp cacao butter or coconut oil
150g dark chocolate at least 70% I use green and blacks 85%, chopped up small
2 tbsp maple syrup or any other sweetener like coconut nectar/honey

To make the base whizz the nuts up in a food processor until they are ground up small. Add the coconut, dates and whizz until the dates are combined, then add a pinch of salt and the coconut oil. Push it down into the base of your cake or tart tin, making sure its firm and smooth all over then stick in the fridge.

To make the chocolate filling, heat the coconut milk, maple syrup and cacao butter up until it bubbles then pour it over the chopped chocolate, stir it until it’s smooth then add a pinch of salt. Pour into the cake tin, sprinkle over some cacao nibs if you have some and chill in the fridge for around 2 hours until it’s set.

Coconut chia seed pudding with baked rhubarb and orange

Chia pudding 1

Yay to being back in the UK!! Not so yay because the flight is really stupidly long and it took a whole week this time round to get over the jet lag, but this morning I feel kickass after sleeping a whole 8 hours.

The reason for my trip back has been to go to two weddings and of course pick up my summer wardrobe which didn’t quite make it on my last journey. The first wedding stop was in Cornwall, near Bodmin, where my friends have moved from the swiss mountains to set up shop managing the beautiful Butterwell Farm on the Camel River. Lots of chickens, sheep and salmon fishing on the river. The best country addition to the wedding was the brides Weddingtons…wellies for weddings, think fancy colours and little high heels, terribly glam haha.

Just before I left Wanaka we were getting into Spring and I was massively overexcited to find asparagus and rhubarb appearing in the shops. Rhubarb is my new favourite…and fact of the day because I just googled it —> it’s apparently not a fruit, it is a vegetable, strange!!

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makes 4-5 puddings

Chia pudding
½ cup of chia seeds
1 cup of coconut cream
1 cup of water
a few drops of vanilla essence or ¼ of a vanilla pod scraped
¼ cup of desiccated coconut
1-2 tbsp coconut nectar or honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
 
Baked Rhubarb
600g Rhubarb
4 tbsp coconut nectar
2 oranges zested and juiced

For the chia seed pudding, mix all the ingredients together and leave in the fridge overnight so it’s ready for breakfast.

Preheat your oven to 180˚C. Chop the Rhubarb up into roughly 1 inch sized pieces and place in a non stick roasting tin with the orange zest and juice. Drizzle over the coconut nectar and bake in the oven for around half an hour until the rhubarb is really soft and a bit sticky. Give it a taste and if it’s too sour juts drizzle some more coconut nectar over the top and pop back in the oven until the nectar has melted and sweetened it a bit more.

Once the rhubarb is done, just leave to cool and pop it in the fridge.

To serve just spoon the rhubarb over the pudding and enjoy your fancy breakfast/pudding!

The pudding will be fine in the fridge for around 3 days.

Peanut butter nut bars with raw chocolate

IMG_2740Excuse my love affair with peanut buter at the moment but it just seems to make the tastiest treats EVER! Now I thought that the banana and peanut butter cake was the tits and then this little beauty got created yesterday and I think it easily makes the top 4 incredibly, insaneley delicious treats list! It’s a little bit sweet a little bit salty and 100% yumtastical!

So a little update on my basketball career….and unfortunately it’s bad news. We played in the semi’s this week, I’m not entirely sure why it’s called the semi finals when we were the two last teams in the league but we played and we lost which means we lost the entire competition haha!

peanut butter and nut bars Makes 14 bars

½ cup pitted dates
½ cup crunchy peanut butter
¼ cup  melted coconut oil
½ cup desicated coconut
½ cup shaved almonds
½ cup of roughly chopped mixed nuts, I used brazil and almonds
¼ cup mixed seeds
pinch of salt
 
Raw chocolate
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup cacao butter
½ cup cacao powder
¼ cup maple syrup
pinch of salt
 

Put the dates in a pan with a splash of water and the coconut oil on a low heat. Cook them so they soak up the water and become squishy and start to fall apart and all the water is gone, then add the peanut butter and stir until it’s all mixed together. take off the heat and mix with the rest of the ingredients and press into a small, lined baking tin and chill in the fridge.

To make the chocolate, put the coconut oil, cacao butter and maple syrup in a bain marie until melted then stir in the cacao. Leave to cool and then pour over the nut bars. Leave to set int he fridge for about an hour then slice into bars. Keep them stored in the fridge as the chocolate melts fairly easily!

Raw peanut butter, banana and chocolate cake

0L9A9829Oh my gosh I think Spring is finally almost upon us!! I keep waking up and singing like Mary poppins while the birds tweet outside the window, it doesn’t last long though because my voice is a bit like a strangled cat, but I feel all sparkly and jolly inside.

Today we went up skiing and it was scorching, nice bit of slushie sliding and then the day came up trumps when some friends invited us to go fishing on their boat. I say fishing, we pretty much just drank wine, ate cheese and watched the line for any nibbles…..and low behond we caught a big trout just as the sun was setting. So today was a 10 and Wanaka really showed off how awesome it is….Bravo!

This delicious invention came across because one of the skiers I cooked for was a big fan of P&B that’s peanut butter for all you non Americans!  After making my raspberry and lemon slice pudding I thought about just keeping the top layer as banana and then of course chucking in some peanut butter and then what makes everything better…CHOCOLATE, then this beauty was invented….and it really rocks! It got 12 thumbs up out of 12 slices so I would say that this cake deserves a gold star and some out of tune singing!

Peanut butter and banana cheesecake

Chocolate, peanut butter and banana cake

Makes 1 cake

Base
1 1/2 cups oats (use gluten free if needed or same amount of nuts/buckwheat groats)
1 cup blanched almonds ( or any other kind of nut)
1 cup dates
2 tbsp coconut oil (at room temp, no need to be melted)
pinch salt
 
Peanut butter
2 cups roasted unsalted peanuts
2 tsp of honey (or another sweetner like, agave, maple syrup, coconut nectar)
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
couple of big pinches of salt
 
Banana layer
4 bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla extract, or half a vanilla pod
1/2 cup coconut chips or desiccated coconut
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup (or another sweetner)
 
Topping
100g 70%+ dark chocolate or make some raw chocolate 
handful of chopped roasted peanuts
sprinkle of coconut 
 
Make the base first by whizzing up the almonds and oats in a food processor until fine, then add in the dates, coconut oil and salt until it has enough stick to be able to press down into your cake tin. If it seems too crumbly just add more dates, coconut oil. If your dates arn’t that sticky to start with it helps to soak them in boiling water for about 10 mins. Then squeeze off the water and add them to the mix. 
 
Add all the ingredients for the peanut butter to your processor, I use a vitamix to get quick, smooth butter. Whizz it up until it it’s nice and smooth, taste it and you can add more honey or salt depending on how you like it. Spoon it over the base layer evenly, it helps to run a pallet knife under hot water to smooth it over or it can stick to the base and make a mess.
 
Stick all the banana layer ingredients in your blender, it really helps to have a high speed one or the coconut chips don’t turn smooth, but no problem if your mix is not totally smooth. Pour the mix on top of the peanut butter and stick in the fridge.
 
Melt the chocolate and spoon over the top of the cake however you like and sprinkle over the nuts and coconut. Cool in the fridge for at least 3 hours to set properly and serve 

Raw raspberry and lemon slice

Raspberry and lemon slice

Raspberry and lemon slice

What a busy last few weeks, I think I have spent about an hour at least in the supermarket each day…groan! However cooking for the Atomic athletes has been mega fun, I got to do lots of experimenting with raw treats. Thankfully lots of the boys were into their health foods so I made all kinds of odd things like sweet potato brownies (not sure I’m convinced yet), red bean chocolate fudge and I got into making yummy cheesecake style cakes. We played fun games like guess what weird vegetable is in the pudding tonight for a prize. They probably all thought I was mad but I had a fun time.

If you have started making raw puddings you might have been freaked out a little by the big hole they burn in your pocket. So here is a more dollar friendly recipe which is quite possibly one of the most freaking delicious raw puddings I have ever made! It’s fresh and summery and you would not even remotely think that by any means it was vegan and all good for you, with that said I ate three squares after we shot the photos…yuuuum!

Raspberry and lemon slice

Base
1 ½ cups oats (gluten free ones if needed or swap for any kind of nuts or buckwheat groats)
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup dates
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
pinch salt
 
Raspberry layer
2 bananas
1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 cup desiccated coconut
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ coconut oil, melted
¼ cup maple syrup
 
To make the base just whizz everything up in a food processor until it sticks together a bit when you squish it with your fingers. If it’s too crumbly just add some more dates or coconut oil, a bit of hot water can help too. Push the base into a small lined baking tray and use a spoon to make sure it’s really pressed down and even all over.
 
For the raspberry layer add all the ingredients to your high speed blender – I use a Vitamix – on the highest level otherwise the coconut doesn’t go smooth (although it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth).  Pour the raspberry mix over the base and sprinkle over some shredded coconut then chill in the fridge for around 2 hours until it has set. 
 

photos Jase Hancox CoLab Creative 

Raw chocolate bar with macadamia nuts and cacao nibs

www.foodfromflossie.com raw chocolateHoly deliciousness! This chocolate is spectacular…sorry for sounding quite so magically dramatic but it really is creamy and makes women go ooooooh when they eat it, fact…I’ll get back to that later on in the story!

I had a super, raw food date the other day with a friend who’s husband is on the FODMAP diet, she was keen to make some yummy treats avoiding dates and cashews which are pretty much in most raw desserts. The FODMAP diet is based around trying to cut out a group of carbohydrates that are poorly absorbed in the small intestine which then results in them fermenting and making you have an ouchy tummy. There are too many long sciency words which I don’t understand but The Monash University are doing the research so check out their page for more info, but basically there is a slightly random list of foods you shouldn’t eat or eat in very small amounts….like dates and cashews! I am trying it out next week, so i’ll get back to you with the details and some special FODMAP friendly recipes.

We were swapping about the ingredients, substituting maple syrup for dates, and macadamia nuts for cashews and everything ended up being delicious. We made loads of cute, tiny, spiced carrot cakes and a big bar of raw chocolate and when we finished I visited some of my friends in town and fed them raw yumminess. This is when I had girlies taking bites of the chocolate and going ooooh, aaaah. End of story….now here’s the recipe so you can ooh and aaah yourself!

Makes a big square bar, same size as the width of  A4 
 
60g Cacao butter
60g Virgin coconut oil
1 cup raw cacao
4 tbsp maple syrup
½ tsp vanilla bean syrup
2 tbsp macadamia nuts, chopped roughly (optional)
1 big pinch of yummy sea salt, or pink himalayan salt
1 tbsp cacao nibs to sprinkle on top (optional)
 
Toppings – Cacao nibs, gogi berries, bee pollen, dried fruit powders, coconut chips, 

In a double boiler, melt the cacao butter and the coconut oil on a low heat.

Mix in the rest of the ingredients until smooth.

Line your tin with greaseproof or baking paper. Pour the chocolate into the tin and sprinkle on top. If you have silicone mini cupcake moulds they work amazingly, beware they get stuck to non silicone tins.

Chocolate, peanut butter and banana smoothie

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Mmmmm, my new obsession with the Vitamix is making nut butters. I had a delicious peanut and chocolate butter at a friends house the other day and it inspired me to make a big pot of my own at home. It’s super easy to make and you can put any nuts in it you fancy. Personally I like a mix, half peanut and half a mix of almonds and hazelnuts, woohoooo for posh, all natural homemade nut butter. When I made my first batch I tried it on toast which was yummy then discovered that mixed with banana it’s freaking delicious, so that was one pot gone in a day.

Then today feeling slightly fuzzy headed from a wild fancy dress party where I got to dress as Barbie (it was awesome I got to wear all pink! Unfortunately my date went as a Bogen and looked pretty creepy) I needed something sweet and yummy in my tummy  that was going o help get rid of my party headache. I got a big load of the most delicious coconut water from CoAqua this week so I decided to jazz up my smoothie with a bottle of that and some of my peanut butter and hells yes it was so creamy and delicious, it tastes like you are drinking something really naughty too so I’ve saved mine for pudding tonight after we watch some movies. 

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Peanut, cacao butter – makes one big jar
3 cups toasted peanuts
2/3 coconut oil, hard from the pot
2 tbsp honey 
2 tbsp cacao powder
 
Makes enough for 2 smoothies
1/3 cup cacao, peanut butter
2 bananas
1 CoAqua coconut water or 250ml of any other kind

To make the peanut butter melt the coconut oil and honey together and add to the Vitamix with the peanuts and cacao and a couple of pinches of salt….to however you like it to taste. Blend until it’s all smooth unless you like it a bit crunchy. Everyone likes their peanut butter different so add more salt or honey if you want it sweeter or saltier.

To make the smoothie, just put all the ingredients n the blender and wizz until it’s all creamy and smooth. Pour into a milk bottle and drink it through a fun straw to sparkle up your day!

If you don’t have time to make the peanut butter just add some shop bought butter and chuck in about a tbsp of cacao powder.

Raw Chocolate cups filled with chocolate mousse and raw chocolate lid

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Holy smokes, we haven’t had any chocolate in the house this week and I got my crave on yesterday and then this ridiculously amazing idea came to my head. So was born the mini raw chocolate tart filled with chocolate mousse and topped with chocolate and coconut. I used a combination of recipes, the raw chocolate from the bounty bar recipe and the chocolate icing from the not so naughty kids cupcakes I made last week and then a made up version of a raw brownie base.

The result was wham bam thank you Ma’am a mouthful of chocolatey madness. I think these could be up there with the bounty bars for sure! 

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www.foodfromflossie.com raw chocolate cup
 
Brownie base
¼ cup hazelnuts or other
¼ cup cashews or other
¼ cup oats
½ cup dates
2 tsp coconut oil
1 ½ tbsp cacao powder or cocoa
pinch cinnamon

To make the brownie base, blend the nuts and oats together in a high speed blender until they are fine, then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until it has all come together and there are no chunks of dates.

Press the mix into mini cupcake tins so that you make a crust all up the sides and on the bottom that will hold the mousse. Now stick in the freezer to set.

Chocolate mousse
1 very ripe avocados
¼cup dark chocolate, melted
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 heaped tbsp cacao powder or cocoa
¼ cup agave or honey
Drop of vanilla essence

Melt the coconut oil and dark chocolate in the microwave until its runny.Spoon the flesh out of the avocado into a blender along with all the other ingredients until super smooth. (If you want to make a true raw dessert add more cacao and agave instead of the chocolate)

Spoon the mousse into the centre of the brownie cups leaving it smooth on the top and space to pour a layer of chocolate on top. Stick back in the freezer.

Raw chocolate layer
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup raw cacao powder
1 tbsp agave or honey
pinch sea salt
 

In a bain marie add all the ingredients and melt it all together and stir. When it’s all smooth check the sweetness, it might just taste a bit oily but once it’s set it tastes magical and smooth. Pour on top of the mousse layer so that it covers the top. Sprinkle over some sea salt if you like salty chocolate and some coconut flakes if you fancy. Stick back in the fridge to set.

Enjoy you super chocolatey treats with surprise mousse filling, because I sure just did!

 
Photos by ME for a change!